QPR Under-23s produced a stunning comeback at Loftus Road, coming from two goals behind to win 3-2 in a thrilling encounter against Burnley this afternoon.
Second half goals from Dashane Dalling, Aramide Oteh and Amrit Bansal-Mcnulty secured the R’s their first three points of the season as first-team midfielder Sean Goss also completed his first 45 minutes of the season as he returns to fitness from a back injury.
Burnley were two goals up going into the halftime break and crucially missed a penalty on the 50th minute that would have put them three goals to the good.
But the first chance of the match went QPR’s way when in the 6th minute Oduwa danced into the box, showing quick feet and created space for a shot that was well saved by Adam Legzdins in the Burnley goal.
In the 15th minute, some QPR possession led to a long-range shot from Goss. His effort was on target but comfortably saved.
Three minutes later, Burley had their first opportunity of the match. Striker Daniel Agyei robbed Bettache in midfield and drove towards goal before firing just wide.
Burnley, who after a slow start were growing into the game, nearly took the lead on 30 minutes. Good work on the wing from Tunde Bayode created a great chance for Rob Harker, who thought his headed effort from point-blank range must have gone in, but he was denied by an outstanding save from Brzozowski.
In the 34th minute, Burnley took the lead in a somewhat fortunate manner. The left full-back Ali Koiki got down the wing and after pausing for a few seconds crossed the ball in but it deflected of Felix and looped into the far post.
And five minutes later the visitors doubled their lead with a quick counter-attack. Agyei won the ball in the middle of the park and released Christian N’Gussan who was composed enough to pick out Harker, with the forward this time calmly finishing underneath Brzozowski.
QPR almost immediately replied when Chair showed great feet inside the box to set up Genovesi but he headed over from six yards out.
The Hoops started the second period well but on the 50th minute conceded a harsh penalty when Bassong was adjudged to have handballed a shot that was fired hard at him from close range. Agyei took the penalty but it was ballooned over the bar – a let off for the Rs.
Rangers huffed and puffed but in truth were struggling to break the visitors down. Chair fired a couple of long-range efforts over the bar, whilst Burnley always threatened to kill the contest on the counter-attack.
Then on the 68th minute, QPR were back in the game courtesy of the substitute Deshane Dalling. A flowing R’s move saw the winger one on one with his opponent and he cut on to his right foot before unleashing a curling effort from the edge of the box that gave Legzdins no chance.
QPR began pilling on the pressure with Paul Hall’s side just lacking the final touch in the box from a couple of well put together moves.
In the 78th minute, QPR were rewarded for camping Burnley in their own half for the majority of the second half with an equaliser. Hard work and persistence from the other substitute Bansal-Mcnulty saw him feed Oteh who headed in from close range.
And the comeback was complete in the 82nd minute. Great work again from Dalling down the left found Oduwa who showed good awareness to tee the ball into the path of the onrushing Bansal-Mcnulty who finished with aplomb.
Rangers comfortably saw out the rest of the eight minutes to give themselves their first three points of the campaign.
QPR Under-23s: Brzozowski, Felix, Genovesi, Goss (Bansal-Mcnulty 46), Omar, Bassong, Oduwa, Bettache (Wells 83), Oteh, Chair, Tilt (Dalling 54).
Subs not used: Bowman.
Goals: Dalling 68, Oteh 78, Bansal-Mcnulty 82
Highlights: QPR U23s 3, Burnley U23s 2
WATCH highlights from QPR Under-23s 3-2 win against Burnley at Loftus Road.